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This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Certificate in University Teaching

2021-2022 Cohort Program Plan

The Certificate in University Teaching program brings expertise and experiential learning to the development of teaching practices. Explore principles and theories of adult education and student-centred teaching with opportunities to apply the knowledge immediately in your own practice. Supported by the Teaching and Learning Centre Faculty Development Officers and Teaching Scholars in Residence, this 6-part, fully online program is open to sessional/part-time, teaching-focused, and tenure-track faculty members who are eager to support student success through effective teaching. Experienced and new educators are encouraged to participate. The program also welcomes teaching assistants.

Upon completion of the program, you will have developed knowledge and experience in:

  • Creating a student-centred and inclusive classroom in an online setting
  • Developing learning outcomes, assessments, and course learning activities that enhance learning and engagement
  • Using technology tools to create and support the classroom experience

 

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Online

Live webinar formats and asynchronous exercises let you fit the course into your busy schedule.

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Focused

Focuses on teaching strategies and best practices that you can use right away.

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Flexible

Register and participate in the entire Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program, or only the sessions that interest you.


 Session Dates + Times

The Certificate in University Teaching program is delivered entirely online.
Synchronous webinar sessions occur on Tuesdays from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM (Eastern).  

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Session 

Date + Time 

Introduction to Learner-Centred Instruction

Learner-centred instruction switches the focus from the “sage on the stage” to student at the heart of the learning journey. In this module, we’ll introduce you to key principles and practices of this approach to teaching. The subsequent modules will delve into these areas in greater depth.

Module 1 

Tuesday, October 5 at 9:30 AM

How Students Learn

In this module, you will learn important concepts from research on student learning, with a particular emphasis on the cognitive, motivational & affective and social factors influencing student learning.

Module 2

Tuesday, October 19, at 9:30 AM

Principles of Course Design

This module focuses on applying the principles of backwards design to improve engagement and learning through solid course planning. You’ll also explore situational factors that may affect your decisions through that process. The module will also address developing clear and measurable learning outcomes, as well as exploring other principles related to course design, such as constructive alignment

Module 3

Tuesday, November 16 at 9:30 AM 

Assessment Methods and Effective Feedback

This module will explore a variety of assessment methods, the rationale behind choosing a particular method or methods, as well as how to design effective assessments that help students grasp various complex ideas, as well as helping them learn important concepts and skills.

Module 4

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 9:30 AM

Building Rapport and Engaging Students

Engaging students in their learning journey is key to a successful experience. Underpinning that is the ability to develop a rapport with your students. This module will explore rapport-building techniques that foster a positive, supportive, and inclusive learning environment. From there, these techniques will be expanded to build student engagement.

Module 5

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 9:30 AM*


*(Fourth Tuesday because of reading week)

Fundamentals of Inclusive Teaching

This module explores ways to develop and support inclusive learning environments. Topics covered include accessible course design, creating supportive learning environments, and using inclusive feedback.

Module 6

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 9:30 AM

 

Requirements

The Certificate in University Teaching is divided into six (6) modules. A digital merit marker will be issued upon successful completion of each module. Completing all six (6) modules will earn the Certificate in University Teaching as well as a digital merit marker indicating completion of the entire program. Participants may wish to complete all six modules or may wish to complete only some of the modules, as per their interests.

Completion of a module is indicated by:

  • Attending the workshop session live (virtual) or watching the recording of the session. This is a flexible decision based on the needs of the participants, but we encourage live (virtual) attendance when possible for engagement.
  • Completion of the assignment for the module. Assignments are due 10 working days after the live module is complete.
  • A minimum score of 75% on the assignment is required for completion. A maximum of two (2) resubmissions is permitted for those who do not achieve the minimum score. The session facilitators will provide feedback if a resubmission is required.
  • Late assignments will not be accepted more than three (3) working days after the assignment due date. Late assignments are not eligible for resubmissions.

 


 

Registration

Registration Opens: Monday, September 13, 2021
Registration Closes: Monday, October 19, 2021

Access to course materials is through Canvas Catalog. To register, follow this link:  
https://catalog.ontariotechu.ca/browse/tlc/courses/certificate-in-university-teaching-cut



Questions 

Please contact the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) via email: teachingandlearing@ontariotechu.ca